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Irish Eurovision entry Bambie Thug announces 2024 UK and European tour: ‘Crown The Witch’ - www.nme.com - Britain - Paris - county Hall - Ireland - city Stockholm - Madrid - city Budapest - Dublin - Berlin - city Amsterdam - city Prague - city Vienna - city Helsinki - city Copenhagen - city Oslo - city Warsaw - city Tallinn - city Manchester, Britain - city Riga
nme.com
25.05.2024 / 08:55

Irish Eurovision entry Bambie Thug announces 2024 UK and European tour: ‘Crown The Witch’

Bambie Thug, this year’s Irish Eurovision entry, has announced a 2024 UK and European ‘Crown The Witch’ tour.Bambie, who placed 6th in this year’s competition with their showstopping performance of ‘Doomsday Blue’, is now set to tour around the UK and Europe.They will kick off at Brighton’s Chalk in August, before making their way through Manchester’s Gorilla, Glasgow’s King Tuts and London’s Heaven in September. Bambie is also due to visit cities such as Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin and Stockholm.

Despite protests, Eurovision 2024 breaks global viewing figures - www.nme.com - Britain - Germany - Israel
nme.com
24.05.2024 / 15:35

Despite protests, Eurovision 2024 breaks global viewing figures

Eurovision 2024 broke global viewing figures despite protests over the inclusion of Israel at this year’s event.According to figures from the EBU, 163 million viewers tuned into the three live events including the Grand Final.The total reach of the contest also increased by one million people compared to 2023 and has grown by two million since 2022’s event in Turin.The viewing share for the Grand Final was also 46.7 per cent – the highest since 2006 and almost triple the broadcast channels average (17.6 per cent).Germany recorded the highest audience for the Grand Final with an average of 8.1million viewers watching on Das Erste and ONE. The United Kingdom also had the second highest audience with 7.7 million viewers tuning in for the Grand Final on BBC One despite viewing figures being down compared to last year’s event in Liverpool.Online, the Eurovision Song Contest’s digital platforms had another record year with 486million unique accounts reached on TikTok, during the event weeks, more than four times as many as that in 2023.Up to 42million unique viewers across 231 countries and territories also watched content on the official YouTube channel during the week of the live shows.Speaking about the record results across the board, Jean Philip De Tender, EBU Deputy Director General said: “These incredible numbers show the Eurovision Song Contest’s huge global impact – online, on TV and importantly musically.

Olly Alexander “truly grateful” for Eurovision support, calls getting zero points “iconic” - www.nme.com - Britain - Sweden - Switzerland
nme.com
15.05.2024 / 09:15

Olly Alexander “truly grateful” for Eurovision support, calls getting zero points “iconic”

Olly Alexander has expressed his gratitude after competing in Eurovision 2024, saying that receiving zero public points was “iconic”.The Years & Years frontman represented the UK with his song ‘Dizzy’ at this year’s competition, which took place in Malmö, Sweden. He finished 18th out of 25 countries – earning 46 points from the jury, but none from the voting public.Nemo clinched victory for Switzerland at Eurovision 2024 with their track ‘The Code’.

Eurovision 2024: Olly Alexander’s dad “surprised” at public giving him zero points - www.nme.com - Britain - Switzerland - Croatia
nme.com
12.05.2024 / 12:01

Eurovision 2024: Olly Alexander’s dad “surprised” at public giving him zero points

Olly Alexander‘s dad has said he was “surprised” that his son’s song ‘Dizzy’ received the dreaded ‘nul points’ from the public at last night’s Eurovision.Despite high hopes for this year’s UK entry, Alexander finished in 18th place out of 25 countries with 46 points, a position he only achieved thanks to his jury score.Now, his dad David Thornton has shared his thoughts, saying that Eurovision still offered a “fantastic learning experience” for Alexander [via BBC].“I enjoyed every minute of it,” said Thornton. “To me it’s a real surprise the public didn’t sort of connect with that song, though the juries gave it a really good score.”He added: “He’s had a wonderful time out there.

Switzerland Wins the Eurovision Song Contest - variety.com - France - Sweden - Ukraine - Netherlands - Switzerland - Israel - Croatia
variety.com
11.05.2024 / 23:35

Switzerland Wins the Eurovision Song Contest

K.J. Yossman Switzerland has won the Eurovision Song Contest. Swiss entry Nemo stormed the contest with the song “The Code,” walking away with 591 points — a combination of a jury vote and public vote.

Eurovision fans say 'something wasn't right' with Olly Alexander's performance - www.ok.co.uk - Britain
ok.co.uk
11.05.2024 / 23:29

Eurovision fans say 'something wasn't right' with Olly Alexander's performance

Eurovision enthusiasts were left scratching their heads after Olly Alexander's performance at the competition, as something seemed amiss. During the live broadcast of Eurovision 2024 on Saturday night, viewers watched Olly Alexander take to the stage, hoping to clinch the title.

How to vote in Eurovision 2024 and how voting system works - www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk - Britain - Sweden
manchestereveningnews.co.uk
11.05.2024 / 20:49

How to vote in Eurovision 2024 and how voting system works

The 68th Eurovision Song Contest is finally here, with another set of musical hopefuls eager to represent their countries and impress both the judges and the public.

Inside Eurovision’s Olly Alexander’s life off-screen – from famous ex to unusual world record - www.ok.co.uk - Britain
ok.co.uk
11.05.2024 / 16:41

Inside Eurovision’s Olly Alexander’s life off-screen – from famous ex to unusual world record

The wait is almost over for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest and performers from across the globe are getting ready to battle it out to be crowned winners of one of the world’s most famous singing competitions. With the UK last winning the competition back in 1997, though Sam Ryder came close in 2022, all hopes of taking home the crown are on this year’s entry Olly Alexander, who recently divided fans when he made his Eurovision debut earlier this week with a performance of his song Dizzy.

Who is UK Eurovision 2024's Olly Alexander? - www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk - Britain
manchestereveningnews.co.uk
11.05.2024 / 15:01

Who is UK Eurovision 2024's Olly Alexander?

Fans of Eurovision will already know that Olly Alexander is set to represent the United Kingdom at the 68th song contest in Malmö this month. Olly revealed the news during the Grand Final of BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday, December 16, 2023.

Eurovision 2024 party sweepstake kit to download for free - www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk - Britain - Spain - France - Sweden - Italy - Norway - Germany - Netherlands - Portugal - Switzerland - Greece - Slovenia - Finland - Cyprus - Serbia - Armenia - county Angelina - Croatia - county Alexander - Latvia
manchestereveningnews.co.uk
11.05.2024 / 14:01

Eurovision 2024 party sweepstake kit to download for free

It's nearly that time again for the Eurovision grand finale to appear on our small screens.

Inside Eurovision drama from banned act to 'emotional' Olly Alexander and angry booing - www.dailyrecord.co.uk - Britain - Sweden - Netherlands - Israel
dailyrecord.co.uk
11.05.2024 / 13:07

Inside Eurovision drama from banned act to 'emotional' Olly Alexander and angry booing

This year's Eurovision Song Contest has got off to a frenzied start and the final hasn't even begun.

Check out the Eurovision 2024 running order and who’s competing - www.nme.com - Britain - Spain - France - Sweden - Italy - Ireland - Ukraine - Norway - Germany - Netherlands - Portugal - Switzerland - Greece - Slovenia - Luxembourg - Finland - Cyprus - Serbia - Armenia - Israel - county Angelina - Croatia - Palestine - Lithuania - Latvia - Estonia
nme.com
11.05.2024 / 09:31

Check out the Eurovision 2024 running order and who’s competing

Eurovision is set to take place tonight (May 11) – check out the full running order and list of contestants below.Altogether, 37 countries entered the contest and were split in half to compete for a place in the finals across two semi finals on Tuesday (May 7) and Thursday (May 9). Tonight, 26 of them will perform in the final, with Big Five nations France, Spain, Germany, Italy, the UK and the host nation Sweden all going straight through.Representing the UK this year is Olly Alexander, who will be performing his song ‘Dizzy’ which has been compared to the likes of the Pet Shop Boys’ ‘It’s A Sin’.According to Eurovision World, the favourites to win the competition is Croatia, whose entry Baby Lasagna currently has a 42 per cent chance at snagging the crown this year with their song ‘Rim Tim Tagi Dim’.The full running order for Eurovision 2024 is:1. Sweden | Marcus & Martinus – ‘Unforgettable’2. Ukraine | alyona alyona & Jerry Heil – ‘Teresa & Maria’3. Germany | ISAAK – ‘Always On The Run’4. Luxembourg | TALI – ‘Fighter’5. Netherlands | Joost Klein – ‘Europapa’6. Israel | Eden Golan – ‘Hurricane’7. Lithuania | Silvester Belt – ‘Luktelk’8. Spain | Nebulossa – ‘ZORRA’9. Estonia | 5MIINUST x Puuluup – ‘(nendest) narkootikumidest ei tea me (küll) midagi’10. Ireland | Bambie Thug – ‘Doomsday Blue’11. Latvia | Dons – ‘Hollow’12. Greece | Marina Satti – ‘ZARI’13. United Kingdom | Olly Alexander – ‘Dizzy’14. Norway | Gåte – ‘Ulveham’15. Italy | Angelina Mango – ‘La Noia’16. Serbia | TEYA DORA – ‘RAMONDA’17. Finland | Windows95man – ‘No Rules!’18. Portugal | iolanda – ‘Grito’19. Armenia | LADANIVA – ‘Jako’20. Cyprus | Silia Kapsis – ‘Liar’21. Switzerland | Nemo – ‘The Code’22. Slovenia | Raiven – ‘Veronika’23. Croatia | Baby

Olly Alexander responds to his odds of winning Eurovision - www.nme.com - Britain - Israel - Palestine
nme.com
11.05.2024 / 03:11

Olly Alexander responds to his odds of winning Eurovision

Olly Alexander has responded to his odds of winning the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest.The singer revealed to BBC that he had taken a look at what the bookies were saying about his chances of winning the contest. “My odds for winning are at one per cent,” he told the outlet.

Bambie Thug shares cover of The Cranberries’ ‘Zombie’, shares “prayers for Palestine” as they speak out on Eurovision censorship - www.nme.com - Britain - Sweden - Ireland - Palestine
nme.com
09.05.2024 / 13:41

Bambie Thug shares cover of The Cranberries’ ‘Zombie’, shares “prayers for Palestine” as they speak out on Eurovision censorship

Eurovision entry Bambie Thug has shared an eerie cover of The Cranberries’ ‘Zombie’ and spoken out in support of Palestine ahead of this weekend’s finale.The non-binary singer will be representing Ireland at the final of the song contest in Malmö, Sweden, and has become Ireland’s first finalist since 2018. They won their place in Saturday’s final (May 11) with a performance of ‘Doomsday Blue’ at Tuesday’s (May 7) semi-finals.They have been listed as in the top 10 favourites to win the competition this year, and told NME that they are hoping to “give the best performance I can and try to connect in those three minutes to those millions of viewers”.That being said, there has been pressure on contestants, including Thug and UK representative Olly Alexander, to boycott the event in solidarity with Palestine.

ITV This Morning's Cat Deeley fires back at Ben Shephard as he pokes fun at her outfit on show - www.ok.co.uk - Britain - Sweden - Cyprus
ok.co.uk
08.05.2024 / 17:47

ITV This Morning's Cat Deeley fires back at Ben Shephard as he pokes fun at her outfit on show

ITV's This Morning had a bit of a bumpy start on Wednesday when presenter Ben Shephard teased Cat Deeley live on air, accusing her of dressing like a dancer from Eurovision. Prior to the exchange, Lorraine Kelly had conducted an interview with Eurovision Song Contest UK entry Olly Alexander.

Eurovision winner Loreen announces 2025 UK and European tour - www.nme.com - Britain - Spain - France - state Louisiana - Sweden - Italy - Ireland - Norway - Birmingham - Austria - Germany - Netherlands - Madrid - Belgium - Switzerland - city Stockholm, Sweden - county Bristol - Poland - Czech Republic - Ohio - Luxembourg - city Luxembourg - Hungary - city Warsaw, Poland - county Lyon - Lithuania - city Budapest, Hungary - city Prague, Czech Republic - city Brussels, Belgium
nme.com
07.05.2024 / 22:21

Eurovision winner Loreen announces 2025 UK and European tour

Loreen, who won Eurovision in both 2012 and 2023, has announced a UK and European tour for next year.The artist’s biggest jaunt across the continent to date will kick off in the Netherlands on February 15 with 20 stops across Europe. She will later head to Birmingham on March 17 before playing a headline show at London’s iconic Eventim Apollo on March 19 before continuing on to Liverpool, Manchester, Bristol and Glasgow.

Eurovision bosses double down to defend decision not to boycott Israel over Gaza war - www.nme.com - Britain - Sweden - Finland - Israel
nme.com
07.05.2024 / 17:33

Eurovision bosses double down to defend decision not to boycott Israel over Gaza war

Eurovision organisers have defended their decision not to boycott Israel over the war in Gaza.It comes ahead of the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden this Saturday (May 11).There have been several calls to boycott the competition from various countries. Over 1,000 Swedish artists called for Israel to be banned this year, such as Robyn, Fever Ray, and First Aid Kit, whilst over 1,400 Finnish music industry professionals recently signed a petition to ban the country from taking part in the contest as well.In the buildup to the 2024 edition, individual artists such as Olly Alexander also faced calls to boycott the event.

Olly Alexander says he’s “ambivalent” about UK’s Union flag as it can be “divisive” and “nationalistic” ahead of Eurovision - www.nme.com - Britain - Sweden - county Jack - Israel - county Union
nme.com
07.05.2024 / 17:33

Olly Alexander says he’s “ambivalent” about UK’s Union flag as it can be “divisive” and “nationalistic” ahead of Eurovision

Olly Alexander has admitted that he is “ambivalent” about the Union Jack flag.The Years and Years star, who is set to perform for the UK with his song ‘Dizzy’ at the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden this Saturday (May 11), said he also found it “divisive” and “nationalist” but he wants to reclaim the flag in a “positive way”.Speaking to the media [via Metro] ahead of the contest, Alexander said: “I’ve grown up in the UK, there’s a lot that I love about the UK, maybe the people and I’m lucky to have grown up in the UK.“I too have an ambivalent relationship with the Union Jack and what that represents to people because it can feel divisive, it can feel nationalist, but it can also feel like a representation of what’s good about the UK and what makes it good – it’s the inclusivity, the diversity. I am choosing to kind of focus on those aspects of what I believe being in the UK has given me in my upbringing as well.”He continued: “I hope to reclaim the Union Jack in a positive way and when I’m going to be out there waving my flag, waving the Union Jack at the flag parade, it’s for all the good things that have come from growing up in the UK and being British and yeah, I think definitely focusing on that side of things.”It comes after Alexander recently reportedly broke down in tears during an interview when addressing the current controversies relating to Israel’s participation in this year’s competition.Alexander went on to say he supported “a ceasefire, returning the hostages, the safety and security of all people in Gaza.

AURORA adds shows in Dublin and Edinburgh to 2024 UK and European tour - www.nme.com - Britain - France - Italy - county Hall - Ireland - Norway - Austria - Germany - Netherlands - Belgium - Poland - city Prague - city Warsaw, Poland - city Manchester, Britain - city Brussels, Belgium
nme.com
04.05.2024 / 22:39

AURORA adds shows in Dublin and Edinburgh to 2024 UK and European tour

AURORA has added two extra shows in Dublin and Edinburgh to her upcoming UK and European tour – see all the dates below. The Norwegian alt-pop singer is preparing to release her new album ‘What Happened To The Heart?’ in June, after which she will be playing a string of shows around the continent in September and October.

Olly Alexander breaks down in tears over Eurovision Israel controversy - www.nme.com - Britain - London - Sweden - Israel
nme.com
04.05.2024 / 01:31

Olly Alexander breaks down in tears over Eurovision Israel controversy

Olly Alexander reportedly broke down in tears during an interview when addressing the current controversies relating to Israel’s participation in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.Alexander will represent the UK with his song ‘Dizzy’ at the grand final of the contest in Malmö, Sweden next Saturday (May 11). However, he has been subject to strong calls to boycott the competition over Israel being allowed to compete due to its ongoing war with Gaza, in the name of showing solidarity with Palestine.In a new interview with The Times, Alexander admitted he had been struggling after the interviewer noticed that he seemed out of sorts during his performance at a Eurovision pre-party in London.“Yes, I struggled that day,” he said. “I was holed up in a room trying not to have a breakdown.

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